Formal & Semi Formal Nights

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  1. RGLakatos

    RGLakatos Mouseketeer

    Feb 5, 2013
    Hello Everyone!!!

    I have a really stupid question....

    There are formal and semi-formal nights on our cruise in June. Although I am a psychologist I really do not "dress up" when I see patients so I am not going to desire to dress formally on a cruise where I am suppose to be relaxing.

    Is a nice dress shirt and pants (formal or suit pants) acceptable for formal and/or semi formal nights or is someone going to say something to me about it or worse not allow me in the dining areas at night?

    I really do not like the pretentious nature of formal wear.....thanks for everyone helping me in this silly question.
  2. Sir William

    Sir William RETIRED!

    Aug 8, 2010
    If you do a quick search you'll find lots and lots and lots of discussion on what to wear or not wear for the formal and semi-formal nights.



    Disney's official recommendation is:

    Though optional, we recommend: Dress pants with a jacket or a suit for men, and dress or pantsuit for women​

    As you can see, you don't have to get too fancy or formal, and even a jacket is optional, as is a tie. However, since many people will be going all out, its respectful to at least dress nice for the evening. What you describe should be fine.
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  4. GW45

    GW45 Mouseketeer

    Jul 18, 2010
    Sounds perfect- you may well have people at the table on your right in evening gowns and tuxedos while the people on your left could be in shorts and casual tops.....anything goes.....and even if it doesn't I've never seen any servers or head servers enforce any dress code rules.

    We tend to be somewhere in the middle- not a gown or tux but a dress and my husband wears dress pants and a shirt and tie, with the kids in smarter clothes than the other nights but not uncomfortably so.
  5. robhawk

    robhawk DIS Veteran

    Mar 11, 2007
    You will be just fine!
  6. Tinknalli

    Tinknalli DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2011
    Formal and informal nights are optional. It's fun for a lot of people and some find it a pain. Be aware that on these nights the photographers are set up to do family portraits and it is a nice chance to get a pic of the family all dressed up.
  7. RGLakatos

    RGLakatos Mouseketeer

    Feb 5, 2013
    Thanks everyone for the info.

    I will probably just wear a nice dress shirt and dress pants with no tie....I don't dress up in my practice with patients so I'm not going to dress up on vacation.

    Thanks again!!
  8. TwinPrincessMermaids

    TwinPrincessMermaids DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    I get what you mean, but it's kinda funny. When I worked in a clinic, I wore scrubs. Even though I'm in a marketing office and like to dress nice, never ever would I consider any work environment "formal". Which I why we ACTUALLY PREFER TO DRESS UP! In the Disney cruise case, my 'formals' will be knee length, but still dressy and fun. But with a bigger group, all of us will be pretty schnazzy, so it's fine. I think if you wear pants, most people will be happy, but even if you didn't, it wouldn't matter.

    But for me? I don't dress formal for work. That's why I LIKE to dress up and have a 'night out on the ship'...


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